After the Los Angeles screening of Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew on June 17, co-stars Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll spoke to EBONY correspondent Shawn Edwards about their favorite basketball movies and NBA superstar Kyrie Irving’s acting skills.
Howery revealed his favorite was the documentary Hoop Dreams, the story of two Chicago high school students and their pursuit to become NBA stars. The comedian who is a native of the Windy City said he had a chance to meet Arthur Agee, one of the players in the doc, after seeing the inspiring film as a reward for making the honor roll.
The pair later discussed how Irving transitioned from the NBA court to the silver screen. After Howery graded his skill level a perfect 10, Kroll said, “You forgot that he’s Kyrie and that he’s a young man. It’s an impressive performance.”
Uncle Drew will be in theaters on June 29.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.